Letter to VP Joe Biden. Your war on cancer can be won…


But ONLY if you keep an open mind–ever wary of the cancer bureaucracy.

White HousePresident Obama announced last week in his final State of the Union address that VP Joe Biden would be launching a “moonshot” initiative on cancer during their final year in office. And if there’s a chance that they will be successful, it’s a real good thing that neither of them ever needs to be elected again. That’s because trying to convince billions of people that our wildly popular western diet is killing us will not make them many friends or get them many votes–at least in the near term.

It turns out that the most powerful weapon in our war on cancer has been right under our noses all along; it’s what we put on the ends of our forks every day–and I explain all of that along with scientific and clinical data in my letter below. Now, if Joe Biden is truly open-minded in his endeavor and doesn’t limit all of his activity to the money-motivated, industry-controlled, cancer bureaucracy–I like his chances for success in this mission.

I believe that he is in the right place at the right time to be that globally recognized leader who can help all the world’s citizens learn about the relationship between our food choices and not only cancer, but most other chronic diseases as well–along with a host of environmental issues that will prove to be more important than human health in the long run. His chances for success will increase sharply if he gets the enthusiastic support and involvement of President Obama–after they both leave office.

Here is my letter to Mr. Biden, which I sent today by email to the White House. Please forward this article to anyone you know who might be able to increase the chances that Vice President Biden actually sees this letter.

January 17, 2015 — Via E-Mail

  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • The White House
  • Washington, DC

Subject: Your war on cancer can be won, but it will take a lot of courage.

Dear Mr. Biden,

Last year I wrote a letter on this topic to a friend and former colleague who has just completed his first year in the U. S. Senate. That letter (referenced below) to Mr. Perdue went un-answered. Hopefully, one of your staff members will show you this letter and that you and your team will take this message seriously.

As you well know, President Nixon declared “war on cancer” in 1971, back when your son Beau was just a toddler. That “war” has lasted longer than ALL of America’s military wars combined and has made very little progress–as cancer remains the most-feared disease in the world.

But over the years, cancer has made a lot of people rich and has provided jobs for millions of people. And that’s the very reason that  you will not be successful in your cancer quest by working only within the system. There’s simply too much money riding on maintaining the status quo. To further complicate things, well over 90% of Americans enjoy eating meat and dairy and you’re about to learn why that is going to be such a big problem for you.

But the good news is that, even without the support of the cancer bureaucracy, you can be incredibly successful in providing relief and hope for millions of cancer patients around the world. All you have to do is share with everyone the wonderful little secret that the cancer industry doesn’t want anyone to take seriously: That almost all cancers must have animal protein in order to grow. 

As with Bill Clinton, this book will allay the Pope's fears about the quality of a plant-based diet.

This is the book that inspired Bill Clinton to adopt a plant-based diet in 2010.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Professor Emeritus at Cornell) provided the scientific foundation of that secret in the early nineties and presented his compelling findings in the best-selling 2005 book, The China Study. The most alarming information he discovered about cancer is that it was strongly associated with the consumption of animal protein. In the lab, Campbell was able to “turn cancer on and off,” simply by adjusting the level of animal protein in the diet up or down. (Protein from plants did not have this effect.)

“Campbell’s careful experiments indicated one bald conclusion: that the favourite food of cancer cells happens to be animal protein; ergo, reduction or elimination of animal protein in the human diet stops cancer cell growth.” — John Kelly, MD, author of Stop Feeding Your Cancer

So why has this secret not been enthusiastically embraced by the cancer industry and shared with the world? A combination of money, power, ego and control. Sadly, our medical schools are now controlled by the drug industry and our schools of nutrition are controlled by the food industry. Because of those two factors, Campbell’s research fell on deaf ears at Cornell and the entire healthcare industry thirty years ago. The unfortunate message here is that there’s simply not much money to be made by vast numbers of people getting healthy. 

Fast forward to 2014, when a medical doctor in Ireland (John Kelly, quoted above) published the results of his 8 years of cancer trials in the book shown here. Long before getting to know Colin Campbell, Dr. Kelly read The China Study and decided to test out the findings on his cancer patients in Ireland. The results were astounding. By avoiding animal-based foods, all but one patient in almost six dozen cases was able to slow, arrest or reverse their disease.

Stop Feeding Your CancerIn a nutshell, Dr. Kelly has now demonstrated, with human subjects, the same remarkable facts about animal protein and cancer that Dr. Campbell observed in laboratory animals several decades ago.

When Kelly’s book came out in late 2014, Dr. Campbell and I were hopeful that the entire world would soon learn of the role of diet in promoting or repressing cancer. So far, the authorities in our prominent schools of medicine and nutrition have been disturbingly uninterested as have all of the folks in the cancer bureaucracy.

A word about leadership. As a former business executive, I have been saying for  years that what we really need is powerful leadership when it comes to trying to change what millions of people are eating. We had all hoped that Bill Clinton (after going plant-based in 2010) would provide that leadership, but of course a perceived “anti meat” position would spell the end of Hillary’s run for president. But at this precise moment in time, as Vice President of the USA, you are in a once-in-a-lifetime position to provide the kind of bold leadership that is so rare among our elected officials. Now for some really good news. 

John Kelly, MD

John Kelly, MD

The plant-based BONUS. It turns out that shifting our civilization away from such a heavy reliance on animal-based foods will do far more than deal cancer a massive blow. It is also the single most powerful step that we can take to curb climate change AND end world hunger forever. See Chapter 27 in our new book, 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health–entitled Cancer, Climate Change and World Hunger. Here’s what Dr. Kelly had to say about our book.

“By emphasizing the whole-food, plant-based diet as mankind’s natural food, the authors of this book have deepened our understanding and our belief. I am convinced that this book will bring closer the day when cancer specialists the world over will wake up and realize that a new, effective treatment against cancer now exists and is ready for use.” — John Kelly, MD

Caldwell Esselstyn, MD. Director of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal at the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.

Caldwell Esselstyn, MD. Now heads up heart disease reversal at the Cleveland Clinic.

In closing, I would just like to say that while you would have made a fine president, you can do far more for all of the world’s citizens, and for Beau’s legacy, by tackling this horrendous disease once and for all. Some say that Al Gore invented the internet; now you have the opportunity to do much, much more–by leading the project to rid the world of its most-feared disease, your action will also greatly alleviate climate change and world hunger at the same time. 

Please contact me about arranging a meeting with Dr. Campbell, Dr. Kelly, Dr.  Esselstyn. Dr. Dean Ornish and myself in Washington at your earliest convenience. By the way, Dr. Esselstyn is the Cleveland Clinic physician who has successfully reversed heart disease in over 95% of all of his patients who adhered to that same whole food, plant-based diet that also works wonders with cancer and type 2 diabetes. You may even know Dr. Ornish, as he worked in the Clinton White House and was the first physician to successfully reverse heart disease with simple lifestyle changes (his program now Medicare approved).

Dean Ornish, M.D., along with Esselstyn, influenced President Clinton to walk away from meat and dairy, eat whole plants and reverse his heart disease.

Dean Ornish, M.D.,

One final point, we’re not saying that everyone has to go completely vegan. We’re just saying that humans everywhere should strive to replace the vast majority of their animal-based calories with whole, plant-based foods in order to prevent or reverse most chronic disease. If enough people do that, we can stop climate change, end world hunger and take a giant step toward nourishing our fragile and ailing ecosystem that sustains us as a species.

We all look forward to meeting with you very soon.

Sincerely, J. Morris (Jim) Hicks

PS: Another advantage for you and your cancer initiative is that your boss is already pretty savvy about the huge consequences of our food choices. He demonstrates that savvy in my 2012 article that features a 5-minute video. Did you know that Obama really “gets it” about food?

Writer, speaker, consultant, activist and board member, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Ithaca, NY (jmorrishicks@me.com or 917-399-9700)

Copy: President Barack Obama

How can you help raise the chances that Mr. Biden sees this letter? Go to www.whitehouse.gov/contact and “copy/paste” in the following message to VP Biden or President Obama or both. Select “Health Care” category.

Message to VP Joe Biden’s staff

Regarding his “moonshot cancer initiative,” Mr. Biden desperately needs to see an important letter emailed to him by J. Morris Hicks on January 17, 2016. It can be found in it’s entirety at the top of Hicks’s web page at hpjmh.com. It is entitled Letter to VP Joe Biden. Your war on cancer can be won. Also, check out the following:

My second letter to VP Joe Biden in seven days…

Source materials:

The following six books can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health, powerful new book by Kerry Graff, MD and yours truly
  2. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (my first book)
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. Primary cause of cancer is not bad luck. Stop Feeding Your Cancer, by John Kelly, MD
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy you are eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes about two minutes. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course.

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J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf Program website, which is now being used by an ever-growing army of enlightened medical doctors who are fed up with “disease care” and want to promote true health for their patients.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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10 Responses to Letter to VP Joe Biden. Your war on cancer can be won…

  1. Cr. says:

    awesome letter. But the Biden family has another agenda (read Ukraine).

  2. Greg Amen says:

    While I agree entirely with the premise of the letter, I found its tone to be condescending, especially when addressed to the Vice-President. It came across to me as saying, “Let me tell you what you don’t know, Joe.” Add in a hefty dose of what could be perceived as conspiracy theory, and this letter will most likely be ignored.

  3. Andrea Driscoll says:

    Absolutely wonderful letter! I am so hopeful that Mr. Biden sees it–and pays attention.

  4. james1965 says:

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
    A woman with terminal bone cancer is now coming back to good health after reading Dr John Kelly’s publication Stop Feeding Your Cancer and adapting an animal protein free diet.

  5. Randy Hogg says:

    Jim,
    Your very best!
    Randy and Carolyn
    Viva la Vegan
    New London, CT

  6. Leo M. Schwaiger says:

    A book that was published by Dr. Greger, MD, “How Not to Die” has over 140 pages of references. He points out the foods which might be implicated in 15 diseases.

  7. jenny says:

    Don’t you think that maybe it isn’t meat that is causing us cancer but what the animals are being fed and so it is passed on to us eventually. That is, the chemicals in their food or their living conditions are at times bad. Then there are the animals only fed grains or just very dry grass if any at all at certain times of the year.

    • J. Morris Hicks says:

      Jenny, As Campbell’s and Kelly’s scientific and clinical work has clearly shown, the favorite food of cancer is animal protein, regardless what the animals are fed. Also, raising 100 billion animals a year and killing over a trillion fish are both environmental nightmares, no matter what the animals eat. Thanks for your comment.

    • irenenorm says:

      Even though you are correct that what the animals are being fed affects us because it is passed onto us in the cuts of meat we eat, Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s studies found that it was animal protein itself that promotes cancer growth.

  8. abc4all says:

    ‘This blog entry is being sharedwith AB4All Mentors in 121 countries.

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